Spiderwort, a family of drought-resistant leaf and flower plants

Spiderwort is a family of beautiful leaf and flower plants

Top Spiderwort facts

NameTradescantia
Family – Commelinaceae
Type – perennial, hanging indoor plant

Height – 8 to 20 inches (20 to 50 cm)
Exposure – full sun or part sun
Soil – ordinary, rather cool, draining

Foliage – evergreen
Flowering – May to September.

Planting spiderwort

Indifferently in fall or spring.
Select a spot that doesn’t get too hot.

Planting spiderwort, make sure soil drains well

Propagating spiderwort

Propagation through crown division or sowing directly in the ground in spring. Cuttings also work for species with many nodes, like wandering Jew.

Spiderwort propagates through cuttings, division and seed

Trimming spiderwort

Remove wilted flowers regularly (deadheading).

All there is to know about spiderwort

Although the name “spiderwort” sounds somewhat creepy, this plant has a cute summer blooming.

Its petals twinkle in colors like sky blue, pink, white or purple depending on the variety, and match the evergreen green of its foliage. They appeal to many different pollinators (here, a hoverfly).

Pollinators love spiderwort, like this hoverfly

This plant is bloated with water, which makes it one of the plants that best resist drought.

Landscaping with spiderwort

A favorite for edges, spiderwort will serve to mark borders. Excellent choice for rocky terrain. Pair with other drought resistant plants for a container like the curry plant, shrubby bindweed or lavender that will grow upwards as your spiderwort trails over the edge to the ground.

Very easy to care for, you can set it up in a hanging pot for it to sway down towards the ground, or in a flower bed with a lattice that it can climb up along.

Smart tip about spiderwort

For the soil to stay moist enough, try to mulch the foot of the plant in summer.


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